AUSTIN (KXAN) - Capital Metro is going green with the new addition of their environmentally cleaner buses.
Capital Metro will put into service three to five new buses every week to replace the existing buses that are in service now.
The transit service said customers can look forward to enjoying a more comfortable ride in the new electric-blue 35-foot buses.
"We're on the move every day connecting people, jobs and communities. The new buses entering the fleet will allow Capital Metro to provide better reliability and an improved customer experience," said Linda S. Watson, Capital Metro president/CEO.
"We will be auctioning these retired 15-year-old buses on govdeals.com . In the past, we have donated some vehicles to charitable organizations," said CapMetro spokeswoman Misty Whited.
These clean diesel buses produce fewer emissions and meet the 2010 Environmental Protection Agency standards, CapMetro said. They are 25 times cleaner than buses from 20 years ago and 10 times cleaner than the 2009 buses.
The 54 buses were approved for purchase by the Capital Metro board in February.
The purchase of these buses is a part of Capital Metro's bus replacement strategy to maintain environmentally friendly buses.
Federal grants will fund $11.3 million, local funding provides $1.7 million and loan proceeds will fund $10.3 million for a total of $23.3 million that the new buses cost.
These buses are the first of Capital Metro's rebranding plan to distinguish service by color. With time, all local service buses will be electric-blue.
The MetroRapid buses will be silver and MetroRail will continue to be red.
Later in the summer, Capital Metro will mount a three-position bike rack on 10 of the new buses as a pilot project to test how often the racks are used.
This project is a part of the company's commitment to advance service for bicycle transit riders.
Now through October, Capital Metro will be replacing the existing fleet of buses until all the new ones are in service.
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